celebrating lightweight basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  2. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    I play smaller body basses, Spectors...my 3 5ers are ~9 pounds my 3 4s are in the low 8s.
    Rock on.
  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    7.3 lbs.
    It only sounds heavy.
  4. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    that must be Empress. I had one with an Ash body that was a boat anchor.
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've been preferring lighter basses for decades. My first way back when was my Silvertone Model 1444 at about 6.5 lbs. My lightest are my UBass and '80s Guild Ashbory at about 2.5 lbs followed by my Hofner Ignition Club at 4.5 lbs.

    It's very unusual for me to use a bass that weighs over 6.5 lbs.
  6. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    My Ric 4003SW is 7.9lbs. On the guitar front, I play Kiesel Vaders with chambered swamp ash bodies.
  7. mojomike001


    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    I've put together many Fender clones starting with lightweight bodies plus lightweight tuners, aluminum knobs, aluminum neck plates, and sometimes lightweight bridges. Several are in the low 7 pound range and several more are about 8 pounds even with chrome bridge covers. Just as important as the low weight, they must also balance. These basses sacrifice nothing for the sake of low weight.

    My lightest real bass (as opposed to a U-bass) is the Danelectro Longhorn at about 5 3/4 pounds. It's a little sweetie.
  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Swamp ash.
    Everything else being the same, a cut in the upper part of the tree will result in a heavier blank of wood. Conversely, a piece of wood obtained from the lower part of the tree will be lighter. The rule here is that: the further north the ash tree grows, and the higher and the more internal the cut into the tree, the heavier the wood will be, and vice versa.
    Low cuts of heavy ash may weigh as much as upper cuts of swamp ash, and very external and low cuts of swamp ash may be so light that they weigh similar to basswood or even less and this is the reason for the great confusion there is on this subject.

    Tone wise, a light weighing piece of ash will deliver almost the same tone, both if either taken from a hard ash tree or a swamp ash tree. European hard ash tends to a pink shade and to have a closer grain pattern. This is due to the tree being smaller in diameter than the one growing in the USA. This also causes European ash to more often show some brown strikes because of the hardwood getting into the cut.
  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Its unusual for a RIC to be that light.
    I found a 4004 months ago that was only 8 lbs., but unfortunately it also had a twisted neck. Otherwise, it would be mine right now!
    It was one of the nice ones as well, with the walnut wings:


    Disclaimer: That^ isn't the actual one, but it's the same model.
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  10. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    Looks nice. How is the Pickup compared to the SRX ones?
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  11. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ironically, I've only added weight by moving from four to six strings... :crying: Them necks are heavy, and if you reduce the weight on the bodies, you get instant neck dive. I'm toying around with moving to headless basses for that reason.
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  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    The output is stronger than the Passive Full Range (PFR) pickups in the SR eXtreme series.
    From what I understand from a person who set up a SRX as passive/active, the PFR are actually not that powerful & the preamp is boosting the signal.
    This one is completely passive & is the cheapest solid-body, 34" scale that Ibanez sells (AFAIK).
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  13. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    I removed the pick guard from my EBMM SUB bass. Relocated the pickup closer to the neck by routing the heck out of the body. Definitely shaved a little weight. It’s a heavy bastard to begin with.
  14. MtJam


    Jan 14, 2009
    In the past month, I have acquired a G & L L-1000 and a G & L JB5. They weigh 6.9 and 8.8 lbs. respectively. Looking forward to gigging extensively with these; should help with my back issues.
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  15. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    And did you give it a name? Like "My Brother"? So you can tell people, "He ain't heavy; he's My Brother"?
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  16. Kriegs


    Feb 14, 2018
    8.1 lbs :thumbsup:
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  17. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I've bought light basses. :cool: My five string has a chambered swamp ash body and weighs less than my 8lb, 12oz (my heaviest) alder-bodied four-string. My favorite P-bass (swamp ash body) weighs in at 7lbs, 4oz:

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  18. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Grabbing some popcorn so I can wait for the haters to come in and inform us that:
    a) no bass under <some arbitrary threshold> pounds can possibly create a sound worthy of being called a bass
    b) if you feel a need to whine and complain about a bass over that weight threshold, then you need to man up and hit the gym.


  19. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    a dying breed... ...with shoulder problems ;)
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  20. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    I could have ordered my 4003SW closer to 8lbs but got the one half way between 8 & 9. Its plenty light and no risk of neck dive. Of the other 4003s that I have, my favorite is actually the heaviest at about 9lb 5oz. It just feels right...go figure.
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